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Video: Modern Farmhouse Collection

Amy Lombardo - Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

The chic farmhouse style is a timeless favorite finally finding its way back into the spotlight. This trend may be able to thank home decorating shows for the sudden resurgence, but this aesthetic is also a favorite for everything from weddings to baby showers and beyond. 

Pioneer Imports & Wholesale offers a range of permanent botanical products to help you meet the farmhouse-inspired requests of your customers and clients. The beautiful Modern Farmhouse Collection combines elements like twigs, realistic apples, and lifelike leaves to get that charming countryside appeal.

In this video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD introduces three styles to choose from – the wreath, the wall swag, and the versatile spray pick. Then, she creates a quick and easy composition to demonstrate the potential of this fantastic collection. 

Vonda begins with the Brynn metal wall container, also available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. Prepared with a bit of floral foam and moss this piece is a great starting point for a contemporary farmhouse-inspired arrangement. 

She simply inserts a few of the Modern Farmhouse Collection picks, taking a moment to align them in a dramatic sweeping diagonal orientation – and the result is spectacular. 

Pieces from the Modern Farmhouse Collection look fantastic by themselves or coordinated with other wholesale silk flowers and accents from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Let Pioneer help you make your next farmhouse-themed project an unforgettable hit. 

Shop the complete Modern Farmhouse Collection here.

Shop products from the video:
PWW2750GRCR Twig Wreath w/Apples & Foliage 22”, Green/Cream
PWAF2752GRCR Twig Spray w/Apples & Foliage 28”, Green/Cream
PWS2751GRCR Twig Swag w/Apples & Foliage 33”, Green/Cream
DF348G/20 Premium Dry Foam Bricks *20-piece case*
72561-00 “Brynn” Metal Wall Hanger 5.75x10x13.75”, Charcoal

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Video: High Energy Collection

Amy Lombardo - Friday, April 12, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Are you looking to energize your permanent botanical arrangements? Look no further than the High Energy Collection from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale! This collection of wholesale silk flowers spans a range of vibrant hues, perfect for products and occasions that call for a splash of color. 

Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI showcases a selection of the High Energy Collection in this video – bright orange, playful pink, and an electric aqua. She creates a small sample arrangement to show how exciting these colors look when paired together. 

The tri-color Modani ceramic pot from Pioneer serves as a base for this design. Vonda has already taken the time to outfit the container with a block of floral foam to hold the stem insertions upright.

Vonda begins by inserting tall cuttings of silk eucalyptus – the subdued dark blue color adds height without distracting from the rest of the composition. Next, she adds a grouping of silk hydrangea in bright French pink. This passionate color is applicable to a wide variety of themes and occasions, sure to become a favorite that you will reach for again and again.

Artificial berries create a cool waterfall effect hanging over the edge of the container. For this arrangement, Vonda has chosen a wholesale artificial berry spray in rich mauve that transitions to a fresh light green.

The final additions are silk gerbera daisies in vivid orange and silk ranunculus in aqua. She places these together in loose groups for a striking color-block effect. 

Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog to see more of the High Energy Collection – bright silk flowers that look incredible on their own or paired together. Pioneer also offers a wide range of wholesale containers, artificial foliage, and unique accessories to help you set your permanent botanical arrangements apart from the rest.

Shop the complete High Energy Collection here.

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Video: Bubble Bath Corsage

Amy Lombardo - Wednesday, April 03, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Learn how to create a gorgeous wrist corsage using wholesale silk lilies and foliage accents from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by following along with this quick video demonstration by Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI.

This tutorial uses the Bubble Bath corsage bracelet in champagne, also available from Pioneer. This piece is stunningly simple and super versatile – easy to coordinate with a variety of wrist corsage styles. 

Vonda begins by preparing the bracelets with a length of string to bind the strands together. She liberally applies glue to the group of string ends, creating a nice flat base for the addition of the permanent botanical elements. 

Each of the silk dusty miller leaves comes with plastic veining, which Vonda easily removes before application for a softer look. Trimming the ends of each leaf provides a larger surface area for attachment. Vonda adds glue to each before attaching to the bracelet, creating a strong glue-on-glue bond. 

Vonda takes the same glue-on-glue approach with the dramatic purple silk calla lilies, applying glue to the stems. The first addition has a lengthy stem – easy and quick to attach. She applies glue to the others and sets them aside to give the glue a little more time to set up. 

The other silk foliage used in this design is from a silk lemon leaf garland. She trims these into smaller pieces for better dispersal. She applies the remaining silk foliage elements between the silk calla lilies, taking care to vary the heights and angles to create a sense of fabulous dramatic volume. 

Check out the result! This piece features a straightforward composition, yet the purple silk calla lilies make a truly glamorous statement – this wrist corsage can be dressed up or dressed down to fit any occasion. 

Are you inspired to create your own distinctive variations on this design? The lovely Bubble Bath bracelet is also available in silvery Charcoal, glossy black Midnight, and bright white Sugar. Have fun experimenting with the various Bubble Bath colorways alongside the tremendous variety of wholesale silk flowers available from Pioneer.

Pioneer Imports & Wholesale has everything you need to create one-of-a-kind wrist corsages for weddings, prom groups, and other exciting occasions. 

Shop products from the video:
#BU1511 “Bubble Bath” Corsage Bracelet, Champagne
#PWC0104WHPU Mini Real Touch Calla Lily 15”, White/Purple
#PWG2627GR Lemon Leaf Garland 6’, Green
#PWDM1142GR Dusty miller Spray 22” Green

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Video: Sweet Petite Handheld Bouquet

Amy Lombardo - Tuesday, April 02, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

When it comes to prom, some of your customers may choose to forgo the classic corsage in favor of an on-trend handheld bouquet. 

Pioneer Imports & Wholesale has you covered this prom season – Pioneer offers a selection of wholesale premade bouquets, easy to combine with individual elements to create the perfect customized handheld for the style savvy individual or large coordinated prom group.

See how quickly and easily you can create a lovely handheld bouquet using elements from Pioneer with this quick video demonstration by Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD. 

Vonda begins with a silk rose bundle in bright fresh white – a versatile choice that can coordinate with so many themes. She adds silk lily of the valley for a pop of elegant color. You can get creative and swap out this accent to suit the color palette your customer will be wearing to prom. 

To round out the composition, Vonda adds a few small bunches of artificial Holunder berries to boost texture and volume. Vonda wraps the stems together with a smooth pink ribbon, and the handheld bouquet is complete! 

Build up your toolbox with a selection of wholesale bouquet bundles from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale to make sure your business is prepared to make your customer’s special prom night truly unforgettable.  

Shop products from the video:
#30565 “Abby” Rose Bundle x10, 9”, Available in 4 Colors
#30566 “Janna” Rose Bud Bundle x12, 9”, Available in 4 Colors
#29389 Holunder Berry Bundle x3, 10”, Available in 2 Colors
#FSL130 Lily of the Valley Bundle x5, 9.5”, Available in 2 Colors

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Video: Triple Crown Corsage Cuff

Amy Lombardo - Monday, April 01, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Creating a truly elegant wrist corsage requires careful attention to detail – and Pioneer Imports & Wholesale has everything you need to make sure your next corsage project has that keepsake quality design that can make your client’s special day feel even more memorable.

A high-quality corsage cuff can make all the difference. The bracelet is the foundation of any wrist corsage design, setting a glamorous stage for the customizations and accents you decide to add. The beautiful Triple Crown corsage cuff from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale is a versatile base, able to accommodate a wide variety of themes and styles. 

Explore a glimpse of the possibilities with this delightful demonstration by Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD. In this video, Vonda introduces a small selection of the wholesale corsage bracelets available from Pioneer, then builds an example wrist corsage using the radiant Triple Crown.

Vonda begins by preparing the supplies. She takes silk rose leaves and plucks them from the stems, then trims to create a flat edge. She adds glue to the back – giving the glue a moment to set before use allows for better adhesion. The silk mini ranunculus gets the same treatment. Finally, she trims the stems from the silk hydrangea.

With the supplies prepared and ready to go, Vonda can move through the next steps very quickly. She uses a creative technique to secure the silk rose leaves to the bracelet – placing a leaf on one side of the band and gluing another leaf on the other side, sandwiching the bracelet in the middle. This creates a sturdy base for the next additions.

Vonda adds more glue to the top of the silk leaves, and then lays a length of ribbon over top. She adds a little more glue to hold the silk mini ranunculus and silk hydrangea. To give the composition a little more height and volume, Vonda also decides to add a piece of silk hydrangea with a slightly longer stem. 

The construction process is so simple, yet the result is truly splendid! Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog to find more wholesale corsage bracelets, silk flowers, and useful accessories to help you create unforgettable permanent botanical creations just like this one. 

Shop products from the video:
#TC19 “Triple Crown” Corsage Cuff
#PWR2610LTPK Mini Ranunculus Bush x7, 18”, Light Pink
#PWH2729PK Hydrangea Stem 19”, Pink

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Video: Hot Handhelds

Amy Lombardo - Friday, March 29, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Handhelds are a popular accessory for prom – get prepared for prom season by building a versatile stock of permanent botanical products in trending colors and designs. 

In this video Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD recommends having popular silk flowers ready when she walks in the door so you can make a bouquet sure to become a beloved keepsake from a fun and memorable night.

Vonda creates an example using wholesale silk flowers from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale so you can see how just a few select ingredients can become a stunning prom-worthy handheld. 

She begins with a simple Janna silk rose bud bundle in a warm and friendly beige. This selection goes well with a wide variety of accent colors – a useful silk flower that can remain relevant from year to year. You can see how elegant they look when paired with the lavender tinted berry permanent botanicals that Vonda pairs them with. She intersperses these throughout the arrangement.

To finish up the bouquet, Vonda wraps the stems in a few layers of steel blue ribbon. Cutting the ribbons into sections creates a voluminous effect that feels both sophisticated and playful at the same time. 

You can find the supplies used in this demonstration available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Make your next prom season the best one yet – stock up with a mix of trendy selections and traditional mainstays to make your customer’s prom night an unforgettable experience. 

Shop products from the video:
#30565 “Abby” Rose Bundle x10, 9”, Available in 4 Colors
#30566 “Janna” Rose Bud Bundle x12, 9”, Available in 4 Colors
#29389 Holunder Berry Bundle x3, 10”, Available in 2 Colors
#FSL130 Lily of the Valley Bundle x5, 9.5”, Available in 2 Colors

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Video: Cascading Cherry Blossom Bridal Bouquet

Amy Lombardo - Friday, March 15, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

In this detailed design demonstration, Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD builds a beautiful bridal bouquet – or attendant’s bouquet – using wholesale silk flowers and permanent botanicals from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. 

This bouquet features silk hydrangea, silk calla lilies, silk cherry blossom, and silk miniature ivy. 

Vonda begins with two stems of silk hydrangea, bending the stem just a little toward the front and back so it looks like one larger blossom. To form the cascade, Vonda uses part of a silk cherry blossom garland that has been cut to size and trimmed to reduce visual weight. 

Bringing the cherry blossom toward the front of the design creates the cascading line that defines this type of bouquet. Vonda then adds another piece of cherry blossom on the other side to continue the line upward and through the top, a smart way to balance the composition. A few more sprigs around the edges completes the outline.

Next, Vonda adds silk calla lilies through the hydrangea blossom. She notes that the beauty of permanent botanicals is that you can move and adjust them however you want – much easier than working with fresh flowers. Vonda even bends one of the calla lilies to complete the downward cascading line. 

The final addition to this bouquet is a selection of realistic silk ivy. Vonda begins by using the elegant ivy to continue the cascade, then brings a few cuttings toward the top for balance. She takes care to use the ivy conservatively to ensure it does not take away from the cherry blossom, hydrangea, or calla lilies. 

A clear zip tie secures the arrangement, but you can use floral tape or a variety of other solutions if desired. 

Complete the design by fluffing and adjusting as needed. Here, you’ll see that Vonda decides to add a little bit of cherry blossom to the center of the design using hot glue so that it appears to come through the blossoms rather than just collaring the bouquet. 

The result is a spectacular bouquet that can bring springtime charm to any wedding. Perfect for brides or attendants alike, this piece is sure to capture the attention of bridal show attendees. 

Explore the Pioneer website for an incredible selection of permanent botanicals, wholesale silk flowers, and useful accessories. Not only does Pioneer Imports & Wholesale offer everything you need to create gorgeous bouquets like the one in this video, the catalog includes everything you need to create stunning botanical arrangements for commercial displays, trade shows, and so much more. 

Shop products from the video:
#PWG2300 – Cherry Blossom Garland
#PWH2077 – Hydrangea Stem – White
#PWC0103WH – Calla Lily Stem
#PBI810 – Garden Lace Ivy Bush – Green

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Video: Premium English Rose

Amy Lombardo - Monday, March 04, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

The classic English rose is an ever-popular choice for such a wide range of purposes – from weddings to commercial displays to property staging and beyond. Pioneer Imports & Wholesale offers a fantastically lifelike silk rose option for professionals who seek an especially high-end look for their permanent botanical arrangements. 

Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD introduces this premium selection by creating a sample arrangement in a quick video demonstration. She uses four of the available color options – beauty, red, salmon and white. 

This composition builds up from a fantastic silver-toned compote equipped with a small block of floral foam. Vonda begins with the foliage, silk seeded eucalyptus in a sophisticated earthy green color. She works her way around the edges to create a nice voluminous collar for the design. 

Next, Vonda begins adding the premium silk rose stems one by one. She takes care to keep each pairing close together in distinctive blocks of color. Once the silk roses are placed in the compote, she rotates the composition to show the gorgeous result. 

This centerpiece shows the versatility of this premium English rose collection, easily changed or adapted to suit your specific needs. You can find the silk roses and foliage showcased here within the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Pioneer offers a wide range of styles and colors to suit any occasion at any price point. 

Shop products from the video:
80307 – Premium English Rose Stem 20”, available in 4 colors (Beauty, Red, Salmon, White)
PWE1096GR – Eucalyptus Bush 22”, Green
DF348G/20 – Premium Dry Foam Bricks *20-piece case*
35040-00 – Desiray Compote 8”x7”, Silver

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Video: Brisbane Berry Eucalyptus Collection

Amy Lombardo - Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

There are so many ways to use silk eucalyptus in a permanent botanical arrangement – especially once you start considering the vast array of varieties and color options that can make each arrangement stand out from the rest. 

Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD introduces one especially interesting combination available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. The spectacular Brisbane Berry Eucalyptus Collection blends silk eucalyptus and silk lamb’s ear along with groupings of realistic berries interspersed throughout.

To showcase this exciting series, Vonda creates a small sample centerpiece that you can recreate in just a few steps. This centerpiece uses the Brisbane Berry Eucalyptus mixed bush option, but you can see the garland and wreath formats surrounding the workspace as well.

Vonda builds this sample centerpiece using the Verge Ceramic Cube as a base, which Vonda had previously prepared with a block of floral foam and a simple moss covering. Vonda inserts the silk eucalyptus and silk lambs ear sprigs in turn, taking care to create a uniform distribution with distinct color groupings. 

You can see how this arrangement comes together naturally. These colors and textures work so wonderfully together. And of course, you could always add your own accents to suit a specific event or theme. 

All the supplies used in this video are available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. Explore the Pioneer catalog to find an impressive selection of wholesale silk flowers, foliage, and containers – everything you need to create gorgeous arrangements that will really wow your customers and clients. 

Shop the complete Brisbane Berry Eucalyptus Collection here.
91661-00 – Verge Ceramic Cube 4.75x4.75, White 

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Video: Luxe Orchid Design

Amy Lombardo - Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Fresh phalaenopsis are certainly gorgeous but you really need to check out the wholesale permanent botanical Phalaenopsis available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale – you can’t tell the difference! Not only are permanent botanical orchids less expensive, they are also more durable and stand up easier to everything from the arrangement process to shipping and transportation. 

In this video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI showcases a selection of the permanent botanical Phalaenopsis from Pioneer by creating a sample arrangement. These hearty selections give you that fresh phalaenopsis look with all the convenience permanent botanicals have to offer.

Vonda begins by introducing the container used for this design, the Laurel compote in radiant gold – also available from Pioneer. This piece has been prepared with a block of dry foam to hold the permanent botanicals in place. A light covering of moss hides the foam for a natural look.

Using a few silk magnolia leaves, Vonda prepares a natural-looking base to give the arrangement fullness and a pop of rich green color. Next, Vonda starts adding the faux orchids (these are the Real Touch variety) making sure that each one drapes downward in a different direction. She has chosen two different colorways for variation, the white and the verdant white green combination. 

The result? If you were in the same room as this arrangement, you just might feel tempted to reach out and touch these fabulous faux Phalaenopsis to make sure that they really are not fresh-picked. 

You can find all the supplies featured in this video available directly from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. Pioneer has the wholesale containers, permanent botanicals, and accessories you need to create fabulous arrangements just like this one.  

Shop products from the video:
PWO1110 – Phalaenopsis Orchid Spray 28”, available in 4 colors (Orchid, Purple/Green, White, White/Green)
DF348G/20 – Premium Dry Foam Bricks *20-piece case*
75131-00 – “Laurel” Compote 8x12”, Gold - (Sold Out)

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